Chander, Arizona, United States
Laura Parks was born in Thousand Oaks, California. Her father was in the oil industry, so she moved around every two to three years throughout her childhood. As an adult, she resided in the Pacific Northwest, south of Seattle, for a number of years, and then settled in the Phoenix Arizona area.
Having been writing for most of her life, she always wanted to get her work published. While at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Laura tried her hand at poetry contests to get her foot in the door. Never winning the "grand prize", she was happy having some of her work published in National Anthologies.
In 1998, Laura was awarded the Editor's Choice Award from the National Library of Poetry for "Night Melody". This poem was included in their collection entitled Traces of Yesterday.
Laura has been writing poetry and prose as a hobby for over thirty years. Most of her work is based on people and events that have deeply touched her life.
Over a 1.5 year span, she completed a biography of a local pastor that infected the small town of Yelm with faith. "A Promise to God" was published in 2005. "Under The Broke Halo" published in early 2011, is her life story with specific attention to her experiences with incest and the vicious cycle that repeats itself when it is not addressed. [Edited, WN, 12/10/05]
She also enjoys reading Stephen King and playing with her children.
Laura resides in Chandler, Arizona with her husband of 5 years, Bobby, her two youngest boys, Jacob and Zackary, and their grandmother Margo. They have 3 cats, Little Bit, Princess, & Shadow, and a pit bull named Isis. Her other children, Tim, Terry, and Jessika are all adults now, living their lives to the fullest. Laura and her husband adopted Jessie, pictured above with her in 2005, in 2014 and gained two grandsons in the process. She states that becoming Jessie's mom and grandmother to her two boys, all in one day, was the greatest gift for her from God.
Interests: Reading, Writing, raising my brood, freelancing.
Published writer: Yes